Notions of getting wiser as we get older does not bring with it some capacity for seeing our future.
Next bend in the road is hard enough to see, harder still to imagine what lays beyond that – and the other question of whether we’ll get that far is always hovering over our shoulder. As is power of memories . . .
Have we changed much?
I find it confusing sometimes, recalling past events or re-reading what I wrote, comments of others.
This date, in 2003, I wrote a column.
Re-reading, re-visiting it this morning was immediately powerful.
My memory, it would seem, is intact!
Lives, it seems, intersect – we weave webs that spiders might admire – and sometimes we catch ourselves, entangled in traps of our own creation. Sometimes we are privileged observers entrusted with information and understanding that could not be created or replicated any other way.
Largest lesson for me looking back is that we cannot (and should not) operate in isolation any more than we absolutely must.
Complications of others is not to be avoided, but embraced.
Complications of others are lessons we can be taught for free – there is always a price, cost of admission if you will . . .
Provided our eyes are open, chances are good our hearts will be too.
Something caused me to look way-back this morning. I don’t know what it was, but I’m glad it was. Maybe it’s the summer heat – because 2003 was very hot too. It was a summer of turmoil and joy. Ahh … it was fantastic.
Will we change much?
I will change much.
column written/ published from Calgary
morning walk: 18C/64F, yesterday’s simmering did not cool off overnight, smoky haze is annoying but, that said, the sight of this morning’s sunrise is hard to beat as that ball of fire cuts through the haze. Gusta found some freshly watered grass to cool her belly, squirrels and birds were chirping like convention attendees … while morning traffic hums nearby.
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